writings related to

the boiling season

  1. “Helping Haiti,” an article I wrote about a recent trip with a charitable group developing aid projects in rural Haiti.

  2. My essay at The Millions on political aversion and how it influenced the writing of The Boiling Season.


Madison Smartt Bell

    All Souls’ Rising

    Master of the Crossroads

    The Stone that the Builder Refused

Alejo Carpentier

    The Kingdom of this World

Marie Vieux-Chauvet

    Love, Anger, Madness

Edwidge Danticat

    Krik? Krak!

    Breath, Eyes, Memory

    The Farming of Bones

    The Dew Breaker

Mayra Montero

    In the Palm of Darkness

Jacques Roumain

    Masters of the Dew

Lyonel Trouillot

    Street of Lost Footsteps

    Children of Heroes

author interviews & features

  1. “Competing Interests: An Interview with Christopher Hebert,” by Michael Shilling at Fiction Writers Review

  2. “Margaret Lazarus Dean and Christopher Hebert: The Hot Literary Couple Next Door” at the Metro Pulse

  3. Interview with T Hetzel on the Living Writers show on WCBN (podcast from 3/21/12).

  4. “The Weight of Blood and History” with Madison Smartt Bell at Chapter 16 about the inspiration and influence behind The Boiling Season

  5. The Page 69 Test

  6. Interview with Cari Gervin at the Metro Pulse

  7. Interview with Terry Shaw at the Knoxville News Sentinel

  8. Interview with Christian Feuerstein at The Independent

If you'd like to arrange a visit, web chat, Skype, or conference call with me for your book club or class, drop me a note.


Edwidge Danticat

    Brother, I’m Dying

Laurent Dubois

    Avengers of the New World

    Haiti: The Aftershocks of History

Katherine Dunham

    Island Possessed

Peter Hallward

    Damming the Flood

C. L. R. James

    The Black Jacobins

Amy Wilentz

    The Rainy Season

recommended reading

Photo by David Luttrell